FR2933213A1 - Method for displaying user interface and corresponding transmission method - Google Patents

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FR2933213A1
FR2933213A1 FR0854403A FR0854403A FR2933213A1 FR 2933213 A1 FR2933213 A1 FR 2933213A1 FR 0854403 A FR0854403 A FR 0854403A FR 0854403 A FR0854403 A FR 0854403A FR 2933213 A1 FR2933213 A1 FR 2933213A1
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Abstract

The invention provides a user interface display method, which comprises the steps of: a step of displaying in the foreground a first user interface generated from registered display elements, including a first game display elements giving access to first services; a step of receiving a second set of display elements giving access to second services; and a step of displaying a second user interface in the foreground, replacing the first user interface. The invention also relates to a method of transmitting a set of display elements giving access to services, which comprises the following steps: a step of transmitting a first set of display elements, giving access to services; and a step of issuing a second set of display elements, giving access to services, and intended to be registered.

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1. Field of the invention The present invention relates to the field of access to services. More specifically, the invention relates to the display of a user interface for accessing services. 2. Technological background. According to the state of the art, a device providing access to services displays a user interface that includes display elements giving access to the services. Such a device is for example a digital set-top box, a mobile receiver, a mobile telephone, etc. Such a device is connected to a network for access to services, providing a multitude of services. services such as receiving data streams (eg audio or video) live or on demand, or sending and receiving messages. Access to these services is provided through a user interface, provided in whole or in part by one or more servers in the service access network. The user interface may include display elements, such as advertisements or news information, a more or less variable list of services, and a list of services updated regularly, in particular during weekly access promotions. services. The user interface is built using elements provided by one or more servers, based on information such as the identification of the user, his subscriptions to services, his interests, but also the technical characteristics of the user. device, like the display characteristics. Thus, the loading of the elements provided by one or more servers can be relatively long, depending on the complexity of the interface, the size of the elements of the interface, the transmission speed of the network, and the occupancy rate of the server. network and servers. In practice, a user can perceive an interface display delay of a few seconds when loading the corresponding items, and the user can access the services as long as the interface is not displayed. Thus, the state of the art has the disadvantage of a non-optimized management of the user interface display giving access to services.

3. Summary of the invention. The invention aims to overcome these disadvantages of the prior art. More particularly, the invention aims to reduce the display time of a user interface giving access to services.

For this purpose, the invention proposes a method of display by an apparatus for accessing services. In order to optimize the display, the method comprises the following steps: a foreground display step, a first user interface generated from display elements recorded in the apparatus, the first user interface comprising a first set of display elements giving access to first services; a step of receiving all or part of a second set of display elements giving access to second services; and a step of displaying a second user interface in the foreground, replacing the first user interface and comprising all or part of the second set of display elements.

According to a variant of the display method, the first set of display elements comprises elements giving access to services available in direct broadcast.

According to a variant of the display method, the second set of display elements comprises elements giving access to services available on demand.

According to a variant of the display method, the reception step comprises the following steps: a step of receiving a third set of display elements giving access to services; and a step of recording the third set of display elements to replace all or part of the first set of display elements.

According to a variant of the display method, the second set of display elements comprises information representative of a recording signal of all or part of the second set of display elements to replace all or part of said first set of display elements. According to a variant of the display method, the method comprises a step of demultiplexing one or more sets of multiplexed display elements in a data stream. According to a variant of the display method, the method comprises a carousel-shaped reception step of one or more sets of display elements.

The invention also relates to a method of transmitting a set of display elements giving access to services, which comprises the following steps: a step of transmitting to one or more access devices to service services; a first set of display elements, giving access to services; and a step of transmitting to one or more access devices to services of a second set of display elements, giving access to services, and intended to be recorded. According to a variant of the method of transmission, the second set of display elements includes elements giving access to services available in direct broadcast.

According to a variant of the transmission method, the first set of display elements comprises elements giving access to services available on demand.

According to a variant of the transmission method, the method comprises a step of multiplexing one or more sets of display elements in a data stream.

According to a variant of the transmission method, the method comprises a step of transmitting one or more sets of carousel-shaped display elements. 4. List of figures. The invention will be better understood, and other features and advantages will become apparent on reading the description which follows, the description referring to the appended drawings in which: FIGS. 1 and 2 show a schematic block diagram of FIG. an infrastructure implementing the invention according to two distinct embodiments; FIG. 3 shows an example of a transmitter according to the invention belonging to one of the infrastructures illustrated with reference to FIGS. 1 and 2; FIG. 4 shows an example of an access device for services according to the invention, belonging to one of the infrastructures illustrated with reference to FIGS. 1 and 2; FIG. 5 shows in the form of a sequence diagram an exchange of messages between devices implementing the invention; FIG. 6 illustrates a method of displaying a user interface according to the invention; FIG. 7 illustrates a method of transmitting a set of display elements according to the invention; and FIGS. 8 and 9 represent by way of illustration first and second user interfaces displayed in the foreground when the display method of FIG. 6 is implemented.

5. Detailed description of the invention.

FIG. 1 presents a schematic diagram of an infrastructure 1 implementing the invention according to a first embodiment. The infrastructure includes: - a transmitter 10 - an access device to services 13; and a network 12. The transmitter 10 comprises: an internal network 104; an encoder 100; - a video server on demand 101 (VoD for video on demand in English); a management server 102; and - a user interface server 103. The encoder 100 receives audio / video data via a 1000 connection of a source and transmits one or more streams of audio / video data encoded on the network 12 through a connection 1001. The video-on-demand server 101 is connected to the network 12 via a connection 1002. The management server 102 is connected to the network 12 via a connection 1003. The user interface server 103 is connected to the network 12 via a connection 1004. An internal network 104 connects the devices included in the transmitter 10 to each other. This network provides the information exchange means to the management server 102 with the devices 100, 101 and 103, and allows the management server 102 to control these devices, to ensure the proper operation of the transmitter 10 Thus, the encoder 100 is connected to the internal network 104 through the connection 1005, the video-on-demand server 101 through the connection 1006, and the user interface server 103 through the connection 1007. The access apparatus services 13 comprises: - a network interface 130; a read-only memory (ROM) or non-volatile random access memory (NVRAM) memory for a first UI-1 user interface 135; a RAM type memory for a second user interface UI-2 131; a switch (or switch in English) 132; a controller 134; an audio / video decoder 137; an OSD mixer (English On Screen Display for display on the screen in French); and a display 136. The network interface 130 is connected to the network 12 via a connection 1200. The user interface memory 131 UI-2 is connected to the network interface 130 via a connection 1300. The memory 131 UI-2 is connected to the controller 134 through a connection 1305. The controller 134 is connected to the network interface 130 by a bidirectional connection 1304. The UI-1 memory 135 is connected to the switch 132 by a connection 1306. The switch 132 is connected to the The audio / video decoder 137 is connected to the network interface 130 via a connection 1309. The output of the decoder 1307 is connected to the mixer OSD 133 via a connection 1307. The mixer 133 is connected to the mixer 130. the display 136 by a connection 1310. The output of the display 136 is represented by a connection 1310. The transmitter 10 receives audio / video data via the connection 1000 in an encoder 100 which compresses the video data to an encoded video stream according to for example the H.264 standard. The compressed flow coming out of the encoder 100 is transmitted in the network 12, to the service access apparatus 13. The transmitter 10 also comprises a video on demand server 101, capable of serving data streams. video on demand to the service access device 13 by the link 1002 which connects it to the network 12. The user interface server 103 provides display elements to the service access apparatus 13 by the link 1004. A management server 102 of the transmitter 10 manages inter alia information requests and stream transmission from the service access device 13, and is connected to the network 12 by the link 1004.

The network 12 transmits the live video stream (s), the on-demand video stream (s), the requests and the responses of the service access device 13 to and from the management server 102, as well as queries and responses to the user interface server 103. The operation of the service access apparatus 13 is described in the following. The controller 134 executes the commands of a user of the apparatus 13 and controls its various components. In particular, when the user switches on the service access device 13, the controller 134 sends a switching command to the switch 132 so as to send to the mixer 133 a first user interface made from a first set of display elements stored in the non-volatile memory 135 UI-1. This first interface is sent for display on a screen by the display 136 and the connection 1310. According to a choice of the user made using the first interface, the controller 134, by the link 1304, sets up the Receipt of data sent by the transmitter 10. The controller 134 also sends a request for transmission of a second set of user interface display elements, which is stored in the RAM UI-2113 when it is received. When the controller 134 finds that this second user interface is ready to be displayed, the controller 134 receives a signal from the memory 131 through the connection 1305, and then switches the switch 132 through the connection 1306. This action causes the second interface to display user by the components 133 (mixer) and 136 (display) in the foreground, replacing the first user interface. FIG. 2 presents a block diagram of an infrastructure 1 embodying the invention according to a first embodiment. Figure 2 comprises elements which have already been described for Figure 1, which have a similar function in Figure 2 and which have the same references. The infrastructure includes: - a transmitter 20; - an access device to services 22; and a network 12. The transmitter 20 comprises: an internal network 104; an encoder 100; a video on demand server 101; a management server 102; and - a user interface server 200. Unlike the user interface server 103 of the transmitter 10, the transmitter 20 of FIG. 2 comprises a user interface server 200 that uses the content distribution protocol File Delivery over Unidirectional Transport (FLUTE), for file routing by uni-directional transport, according to RFC 3926, FLUTE - File Delivery over Unidirectional Transport. This user interface server 200 is connected to the internal network 104 via a connection 2000, and to the external network 12 via a connection 2001. The service access device 22 comprises: a network interface 220; a FLUTE 221 receiver; a ROM or NVRAM type memory for storing a first user interface UI-1 222; a RAM type memory for storing a second UI-2 user interface 131; a switch 132; a controller 134; an audio / video decoder 137; - an OSD mixer; and - a display 136. In contrast to the service access device 13, the service access device 22 comprises a FLUTE receiver 221. The FLUTE receiver 221 is connected to the network interface 220 by means of a receiver. 2200 connection, and connected to the memory 222 UI-2 by a connection 1201, and is connected to the controller 134 by a connection 1202. The memory 222 UI-2 is connected to the switch 132 by a connection 1301. Unlike the In FIG. 1, transmitter 20 transmits UI-2 user interface display elements in a carousel-like fashion to multicast addresses according to the FLUTE file broadcast protocol. In contrast to the service access apparatus 13 of FIG. 1, the service access apparatus 22 receives the second set of display elements continuously by carousel-shaped multicast addresses. according to the FLUTE protocol. The FLUTE receiver 221 stores the set of elements received in the memory 222 UI-2 and sends a signal to the controller 134 via the connection 1202 as soon as a complete set is stored in this memory. According to an alternative embodiment of the invention, the receiver FLUTE 221 sends a signal to the controller 134 as soon as at least part of a complete set of display elements is received and stored in the memory 222. Thus the controller 134 is informed upon receipt of at least a portion of the set of display elements, after which the controller 134 may decide to switch the display of the first interface to the second interface, even if all the elements of the second interface are not yet received. This allows a quick display switch from the first interface to the second, with a second interface whose display elements are displayed as the missing parts of the second set of display elements arrive. This variant has the advantage of rapidly providing a second interface to the user of the service access device 22, thus reducing the waiting time for display. The advantage of this second implementation of the invention is that the FLUTE protocol is an effective means for the broadcast of the second set of display elements: the multicast broadcast generates relatively little network traffic, the FLUTE protocol allows to send and report updates and the information sent by FLUTE is issued as a carousel, which allows devices to access services that have not received a broadcast, for example, devices for access to services that are in a standby state, to receive it after the output of the standby state in another carousel cycle. According to an alternative embodiment of the invention, the first set of display elements comprises elements giving access to services available in direct broadcast, and the second set of display elements comprises elements giving access to services available on demand. This, for example, has the advantage of allowing quick access, from the start of the service access device, to a reduced service offer that changes little, waiting for the loading of display elements for an interface giving access to a wider range of services, including services that change more often, for example randomly, regularly or periodically.

According to an alternative embodiment of the invention, certain display elements included in the second set are marked as intended to be recorded by the service access device 13 of FIG. 1 or 22 of FIG. in the memory 135 UI-1, thus allowing the update of the first user interface with elements of the second interface considered relevant until the next update. According to an alternative embodiment of the invention, the transmitter 10 of FIG. 1 or the transmitter 20 of FIG. 2 sends a third set of display elements intended to be recorded by the apparatus of FIG. access to services in place of the first set of display elements, followed by registration by the device of access to services of this third set of elements to replace at least part of the first set. This variant has the advantage of allowing the explicit updating of the first user interface, for example useful in case of modification of a service plan displayed by the first interface, including elements giving access to services available in direct broadcast, while the second set of display elements includes display elements providing access to services available on demand.

According to an alternative embodiment of the invention, the set or sets of display elements are included in the data stream by multiplexing. This has the advantage of not requiring a separate channel for broadcasting sets of display elements. According to an alternative embodiment of the invention, the display element broadcasting protocol is DSM-CC (Digital Storage Media Command and Control in English, for in French) included in a multiplexed data stream, for example a stream including a video service, in accordance with ISO / IEC 13818-6 Information Technology; Generic coding of moving pictures and audio; Part 6: Extensions for DSM-CC). This has the advantage of being a standardized means of dissemination, understood by a large number of devices to access services from different manufacturers. According to an alternative embodiment of the invention, the display element broadcasting protocol is DVB-SSU (DVB), according to the document (DVB-System Software Updates). ETSI TS 102 006 with title Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Specification for System Software Update in DVB Systems). This has the advantage of being a means of broadcast standardized by DVB, and access devices to services that implement this standard are widely used. FIG. 3 shows an example of a transmitter 3 according to the invention, corresponding, for example, to the transmitter 10 or 20 belonging to the infrastructure illustrated with reference to FIGS. 1 or 2. The transmitter 3 comprises, connected between them by an address and data bus 350: a CPU 320 (from the Central Processing Unit English or CPU in French); a non-volatile memory of the ROM 300 type; a random access memory or RAM 310; a network interface 330 for sending and receiving packets of a packet transport network; and a source interface 340 enabling the reception of a data stream to be encoded. It will be observed that the word register used in the description of the memories described here designates in each of the memories mentioned with reference to FIGS. 3 and 4, as well a memory zone of small capacity (a few binary data) that a memory zone of large capacity (allowing to store an entire program or all or part of the data sent or received). The ROM memory 300 comprises in particular: a program prog 301; and - information on the users of the services offered, such as an identifier, an address, a list of rights of access to services subject to a subscription, a user profile to target the interests of the latter,. in a register 302; The algorithms implementing the steps of the method described below are stored in the ROM 300 associated with the transmitter 3 implementing these steps. On power-up, the microprocessor 320 loads and executes the instructions of these algorithms.

The random access memory 310 comprises in particular: in a register 311, the microprocessor 320 operating program which is charged when the transmitter 3 is powered up; a register 312 comprising a first set of display elements; a register 313 comprising a second set of display elements; a data zone 315 enabling the temporary storage of data necessary for the proper functioning of the transmitter 3. FIG. 4 shows an example of an apparatus for accessing services 4 according to a particular embodiment of the invention corresponding, for example, service access device 13 or 22, belonging to the infrastructure illustrated with reference to Figure 1 or 2.

The service access device 4 comprises the following elements, interconnected by an address and data bus 450: a CPU 420; a non-volatile memory of the ROM 400 type; a random access memory or RAM 410; and a network interface 440 for sending and receiving packets of a packet transport network.

The ROM 400 comprises in particular: a program prog 401; and - a first set of display elements for a first user interface, in a register 402.

The algorithms implementing the steps of the method described below are stored in the ROM 400 associated with the access device to services 4 implementing these steps. On power up, the microprocessor 420 loads and executes the instructions of these algorithms.

The random access memory 410 comprises in particular: in a register 411, the microprocessor 420 operating program which is responsible for powering up the access device 4; in a register 412, a second set of display elements for a second user interface; and a data zone 413 enabling the temporary storage of data necessary for the proper functioning of the service access apparatus. Other transmitter or access device structures than those described herein. with reference to FIGS. 3 and 4 are compatible with the invention. In particular, according to variants, the invention is implemented in a purely hardware (hardware) embodiment, for example in the form of a dedicated component (for example in an ASIC or FPGA or VLSI) (respectively Application Specific Integrated Circuit in English, meaning Integrated Circuit for Purpose of a Specific Application, Field-Programmable Gate Array in English, meaning In-Situ Programmable Gate Network, Very Large Scale Integration in English, meaning Integration on a very large scale)) or several electronic components integrated in a device or in the form of a mixture of hardware elements and software elements (software in English).

FIG. 5 shows in the form of a sequence diagram, an exchange of messages between the transmitter 10 and the service access apparatus 13 implementing the invention. The diagram comprises, represented by vertical lines: the VoD server 101; the UI server 103; the management server 102; - the access device to services 13; and - a user.

The diagram begins with the sending of an ignition command to the service access device 13, illustrated by a message 500. Following the reception of this command, during a step 501, the service access apparatus 13 exits the standby state and builds a first user interface UI-1 from a first set of display elements stored in a non-volatile memory. Then, the service access device 13 sends information representative of the identification of the user to the management server 102, in the form of a message 502. The management server 102 sends a request for the sending a second set of display elements for a second user interface to the user interface server 103 by a message 503. This UI server responds with a message 504 in which a second set is sent to the user device. access to services. Upon receipt of the second set, in a step 505, the service access apparatus 13 builds a second user interface. The user selects a VoD stream by using this second user interface with a command 506, and the service access apparatus sends a request to send an on-demand video stream to the management server 102 by the user. message 507. After verifying the rights of the user, the management server 102 transmits the request to the VoD server, which sends a stream 509 to the device for accessing services.

FIG. 6 illustrates a method of displaying a user interface according to the invention, implemented in the apparatus for accessing services 13 or 22. The display method starts with a step 600 during which variables necessary for its proper functioning are initialized. Then, in a step 610, the service access apparatus 13 or 22 displays a first UI-1 interface from a first set of display elements, registered. This step is particularly fast because this first interface is constructed from locally registered display elements. In a step 620, the service access apparatus 13 or 22 receives at least a portion of a second set of UI-2 display elements. In a test step 630, the service access apparatus 13 or 22 checks whether at least a portion of the second set is received. If so, in a step 640, a portion of the second set being received, a second user interface is displayed that replaces the first set, and step 620 is repeated. If no, no part of the second set is received, the second user interface is not displayed, and step 620 is repeated. According to an embodiment of the invention, the second user interface is displayed as soon as a first display element has been received. According to an implementation variant of the invention, the second user interface is displayed as soon as the second set of display elements has been received. FIG. 7 illustrates a method of transmitting a set of display elements according to the invention, implemented in the transmitter 10 or 20. The transmission method starts with a step 700 in the course of which various variables necessary for its proper functioning are initialized.

Then, during a step 710, the transmitter 10 or 20 emits a first set of display elements giving access to services to at least one access device to services. In a step 720, the transmitter 10 or 20 transmits a second set of display elements giving access to services to the at least one access device to services. The algorithm ends with a step 730. According to an advantageous implementation of the invention, the steps 710 and 720 are executed in parallel. FIG. 8 represents by way of illustration a first user interface displayed in the foreground during the implementation of the display method of FIG. 6. The figure comprises: a screen or window 80; and display elements 800-807. The screen or window 80 represents a first user interface generated from display elements recorded in a service access apparatus. The elements 800-807 represent display elements of a first set of display elements giving access to first services. For example, the display elements 800 - 805 represent graphical elements giving access to television or radio services. For example, the display elements 806 and 807 represent graphical elements respectively giving access to a video-on-demand service via the Internet YouTV and access to an internet browser software. FIG. 9 represents by way of illustration a second user interface displayed in the foreground during the implementation of the display method of FIG. 6. The elements in common with FIG. 8 have the same function in this figure. The figure comprises: - a screen or window 90; display elements 800-807; and display elements 900-905. The screen or window 90 represents a second user interface displayed in the foreground, replacing the first interface of Figure 8 and comprising a portion of a second set of display elements received, giving access to second services. Display elements 800-807 represent display elements of the first set of display elements. The elements 900-905 represent display elements of the second set of display elements.

Of course, the invention is not limited to the embodiments described above. In particular, several steps of the display method and the transmission method can be executed in parallel, such as the transmission and reception of data, the display, by adding communication means and buffer zones between these steps. This has the particular technical advantage of allowing a separation of specific tasks, and a benefit to the user in terms of ease of use and speed of response.

In addition, the display method and the transmission method can be implemented not by a single device, but by a set of separate devices. The architecture of infrastructures 1 and 2 as described in FIGS. 1 and 2 may include other devices necessary for operation. For example, more than one issuer may be required to provide an expanded service offering. For example, a management server can manage the transmitter (s) via an internal LAN (Local Access Network) network. For example, network devices such as routers or switches and specific for the transport protocol used may be necessary to access the network 12. For example, the network 12 is a network commonly called a backbone by using the network. English term to indicate a very high-speed, fiber-optic backbone network with Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) protocol, allowing very high speed throughput guaranteed. For example, access devices to services are connected to this backbone by distribution centers including DSLAMs (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer). For example, a service access device accesses a DSLAM via a telephone line and an ADSL (Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line) modem. For example, the access device to services accesses the network 12 by a specific access device (also called gateway in English) including an ADSL modem, a router, a firewall (firewall in English), a transmitter wireless receiver, etc., and can connect multiple devices to access services at the same time. A service set sent by a transmitter may include services provided by the transmitter itself, or other transmitters, or even other receivers organized in a peer-to-peer (peer to peer) network. P2P). Services may be made available by one or more operators or service providers. The type of service may be for example video, audio, text, images, internet access, or access to a telephony service.

The type of network used can be wired, as shown here, but also wireless, using techniques such as WiFi (ISOIIEC 8802-11 standard), DVB-H (DVB standard for wireless portable devices, ETSI document EN 302 304: DVB Transmission System for Handheld Terminals), DVB-T (DVB standard for the reception of television and radio in digital terrestrial, document ETSI EN 300 744: DVB Framing structure, channel coding and modulation for digital terrestrial television ), or DVB-S (DVB standard for digital television and radio reception via satellite, ETSI EN 302 307: DVB Second generation framing structure, channel coding and modulation systems for Broadcasting, Interactive Services, News Gathering and other broadband satellite applications) or according to the ATSC standard (Advanced Television Systems Committee, document N53: ATSC Digital Television Standard, Parts 1-6, 2007). The display elements may be text, hyperlinks, graphics, and may be organized into one or more pages of graphics, text, documents, or web pages. These elements can be part of a menu, or a structure of several pages, organized in hierarchical form or not. The means for updating the display elements of the first user interface may be: a FLUTE protocol, as illustrated by the second example of implementation of the invention; - a JavaScript program included in a web page, according to the ISO / IEC 16262 standard with the title Information Technology - ECMAScript language specification; - a DSM-CC carousel; - a DVB-SSU carousel; or any other means or combination of the methods described above, adapted to update a set of display elements in a device for accessing services.

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  1. REVENDICATIONS1. Method of displaying by an access device CLAIMS1. A method of displaying by an apparatus for accessing services, characterized in that said method comprises the following steps, implemented by said apparatus: - display (610) in the foreground, of a first user interface generated from display elements recorded in said apparatus, said first user interface comprising a first set of display elements providing access to first services; receiving (620) at least a portion of a second set of display elements providing access to second services; and displaying (640) a second user interface in the foreground, replacing said first user interface and comprising at least a portion of said second set of display elements.
  2. 2. Method according to claim 1, characterized in that said first set of display elements comprises elements giving access to services available in direct broadcast.
  3. 3. Method according to any one of claims 1 and 2, characterized in that said second set of display elements comprises elements giving access to services available on demand.
  4. 4. Method according to any one of claims 1 to 3, characterized in that the receiving step comprises the following steps: a step of receiving a third set of display elements giving access to services ; and - a step of recording said third set of display elements to replace at least a portion of said first set of display elements.
  5. 5. Method according to any one of claims 1 to 4, characterized in that said second set of display elements comprises information representative of a recording signal of at least a part of said second game of display elements for replacing at least a portion of said first set of display elements.
  6. 6. Method according to any one of claims 1 to 5, characterized in that the method comprises a step of demultiplexing at least one set of multiplexed display elements in a data stream.
  7. A method according to any one of claims 1 to 6, characterized in that the method comprises a carousel-shaped receiving step of at least one set of display elements.
  8. 8. A method of transmitting a set of display elements giving access to services, characterized in that said method comprises the following steps: - transmission (710) to at least one access device to services of a first set of display elements, giving access to services; and transmitting (720) to said at least one apparatus for accessing services of a second set of display elements, giving access to services, and intended to be recorded. 20
  9. 9. Method according to claim 8, characterized in that said second set of display elements comprises elements giving access to services available in direct broadcast.
  10. 10. A method according to any one of claims 8 and 9, characterized in that said first set of display elements comprises elements giving access to services available on demand.
  11. 11. Method according to any one of claims 8 to 10, characterized in that the method comprises a step of multiplexing at least one of said sets of display elements in a data stream.
  12. 12. Method according to any one of claims 8 to 11, characterized in that the method comprises a step of transmitting at least one of said sets of carousel-shaped display elements.
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